I'm coming up on 2 years clean and it would be wonderful to find some individuals who also eat paleo and work a program/attend meetings. I haven't come across anyone on here, yet.
Am I the lone wolf?
Sober 29 years and Paleo for the last 1.75 years. Top weight 324 lbs. Todays weight 218. I started out eating Paleo one meal at a time. Guess where that came from...LOL. September 19th will be my 30th AA birthday.
Seven years sober, 2-3 years paleo, here.
I find the tools I've picked up in 12-step programs very much help me with being paleo. But the penalty for falling off the wagon is different in each case. Now, I understand that eating the wrong stuff will kill me faster, too. But it won't lead me to hurt and/or alienate everyone around me. And, frankly, it will kill me slower.
So, for example, today I binged on some desserts. This happens once a month or so. And it doesn't bother me that much.
So in the end, the 12 steps ARE very much applicable to my paleo project in a tactical way. But treating the paleo project the same way strategically runs a real risk of alienating loved ones and friends.
Another way to say this, for me, is to share one of the greatest insights I have received from working the steps: I am happiest and most fulfilled when directed outwardly by trying to be of use to my parents, wife, employer, God, etc, and putting my wants and desires last. But for me-- as I don't have severe diabetes or anything-- taking the same approach towards paleo would be directing myself exclusively inward. Ultimately I suspect that would be bad for my spiritual health.
As always in matters regarding the Steps (and I know you know this Jayme, but others might not) these remarks are intended to only reflect my experience.
I was in OA and was most successful with a paleo approach. I still read the meditation materials and the twelve steps because my job is super stressful at times. No one ever wants a steak or a vegetable under stress. My longest periods of abstinence occured while studying the paleo diet/primal diet stuff.
I go to meetings, but where I'm from we don't talk much about steps, higher powers, big books, etc etc
Anyway, I think there is a massive intersection for me between alcoholism, hypoglycemia, broken metabolism, obesity etc.
And when I'm eating a good paleo diet, I find the so-called "madness" is none of an issue for me.
Sober from drugs and alcohol 4.5 years in AA. Had almost a year abstinent in OA but relapsed recently and can't get back on the wagon. Count me in for any paleo/sober groups.
I've been paleo for 1+ yr Sober15+yrs. I've always been interest in health and a good diet. Even though I drank a lot calories in alcohol I never drank sodas or ate a lot of crap food. AA meetings helped me a lot learning how to live without alcohol. The 12 Steps are a great tool for self discovery. Until now I was not successful using AA tools for any other moderation i.e. too much coffee, dieting etc. When I discovered from Kurt Harris blog that excess fruit was determental to my health a light went on and I connected excess fruit to my latent alcoholism. You are not alone.